Sinlung /
07 August 2012

Assam Women Top Drinkers in India

By Kounteya Sinha

Around one in 10 adult women in Assam reported drinking alcohol followed by Jharkhand (8.2%), Chhattisgarh (7.4%) and Odisha (4.5%), says a survey.

New Delhi, Aug 7 : To associate Uttar Pradesh (UP) with guns and alcohol is commonplace.

But in a startling finding, the prevalence of alcohol consumption has been found to be among the lowest in the country's most populous state.

India's latest Annual Health Survey (AHS) — the world's largest demographic exercise with a sample size of 20.1 million people from 4.1 million households, which has for the first time conducted a district-wise "personal habits" — says only 6.8% adults (above 15 years) in UP consume alcohol.

In comparison, the prevalence is almost three times in Chhattisgarh (19.7%).

UP's consumption is second lowest among the nine states surveyed (Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Rajasthan and Assam), with Rajasthan recording the lowest prevalence at 3.4%.

The survey, conducted by the Registrar General of India (RGI) across 284 districts in these states that account for about 48% of the total population, 59% of all births, 70% of all infant deaths, 75% of under five deaths and 62% of maternal deaths in the country, also found that men from Chhattisgarh love their drink, recording the highest percentage prevalence at 31.6%, followed by Jharkhand (24.6%) and Assam (23.8%).

When it comes to women, however, no one could beat the Assamese.

Around one in 10 adult women in Assam reported drinking alcohol followed by Jharkhand (8.2%), Chhattisgarh (7.4%) and Odisha (4.5%).

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